Taking my bicycle from Madrid Airport to Pamplona. Can I take my bike on a RENFE train?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 02, 2016 15:16
    Hi Denee,

    A bicycle can be taken on board any train if contained within a purpose-designed bicycle bag (measuring no more than 120cm x 90cm X 40cm). A bike can fit in such a bag with the wheels and pedals detached and the handlebars parallel to the frame. There would be no charge to transport a bike in such a bag.

    The station at the Madrid Barajas Airport only services local commuter trains and metro trains between the airport and the city of Madrid. The network of commuter trains is called 'Cercanías'. To get from the airport into the city, you would take the C-1 line of Madrid's Cercanías network. The C-1 Cercanías trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and these tickets would have to be purchased locally when you're there.

    On Cercanías trains, it is actually the case that fully assembled bikes are allowed on board. There may be limits per train, so you would just want to be sure to check locally.

    Direct trains from Madrid to Pamplona are 'Alvia' trains. On these trains, assembled bikes would not be allowed on board. Therefore, you would only be able to transport your bike on of these trains if its contained within a 120cm x 90cm X 40cm bicycle bag.

    You would purchase tickets for one of these trains by entering the route under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. When you pull up the results of your search, you will see that the trains from Madrid to Pamplona depart from the Atocha station (Puerta de Atocha) in Madrid. The C-1 Cercanías line from the airport does go to the Atocha station, and the ride would take about 25 to 30 minutes.

    If you do not have a 120cm x 90cm X 40cm bicycle bag, then you would have to take some combination of MD (Media Distancia) and/or regional trains to get from Madrid to Pamplona with your bike. On the MD (Media Distancia), there would be a small fee payable locally to take an assembled bike on board. I believe the fee would only be about €3. On the regional trains, there should be no charge to take an assembled bike on board. On these trains, you might only be prohibited from taking an assembled bike on board if they're full.

    A connection from Madrid to Pamplona comprised of MD and/or regional trains would involve changing trains once in Burgos en route. When purchasing tickets for such a connection, you would just have to piece it together by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Madrid to Burgos and another search for connecting trains from Burgos to Pamplona.

    When you pull up the results of these searches, you can distinguish the MD and regional trains from other trains by their train numbers. The MD trains would actually be labeled and followed by a 5 digit train number that begins with either a 1 or a 9. The regional trains can be identified just by their train numbers. The regional trains will all 5 digit train numbers that begin with a 1 or a 9.

    Trains from Madrid to Burgos depart from the Chamartin station in Madrid. The C-1 Cercanías line from the airport does go to the Chamartin station, and the ride would take about 11 minutes.
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